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Propaganda: Exposed

Propaganda: Exposed

A lesson in media manipulation.

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This week I received an email from a group described as the Never Before Campaign. They were promoting a video which promised to “summarize the Palestinian cause in two minutes.” It sounded interesting, so I clicked on the link and watched.

What I saw was a Palestinian propaganda film, pure and simple.

You might be thinking: C’mon, from your pro-Israel perspective, the film was propaganda, but from the perspective of a Palestinian supporter it was a fair presentation of the issues.

In order to determine which view is legitimately true, we first need to define: What is propaganda?

Propaganda is based on the premise that people are emotional. Propaganda typically presents little or no facts, using techniques like selective omission and over-simplification to play on sentiments and feelings. Propaganda uses highly-charged images and slogans to produce an emotional, rather than a rational, response.

So with this in mind, take a look at this video which purports to “summarize the Palestinian cause in two minutes.”

Imagine an average person watching this video in middle America, France, Australia, or anywhere else in the world. On one level, the images are extremely powerful and convincing. But on a deeper level, this video is propaganda -- a complete distortion of the issues. Viewers may be emotionally moved, but there is no rational basis to back it up.

That’s why teamed up with filmmaker Micah Smith to produce our own version of this film that exposes the propaganda for what it is.

By adding some concrete facts and information, the message of the movie is easily flipped around to become a pro-Israel film, revealing the superficiality of the original. Due to the constraints of the medium, our version of the film cannot possible address all the issues. Therefore we recommend reading the articles below that explore some of these topics in depth. (We slowed down the film by 30% to make it easier to read the text.) 

Ultimately, it’s a lesson in the power of the media, and how -- if we don’t want to be manipulated -- we need to constantly be on guard.

So take a look at our version, and share your thoughts in the comments box below.


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Visitor Comments: 67

(67) yaeli, June 17, 2011 6:53 PM

great job!

Espesially the very few last moments of the movie - very powerful.

(66) Anonymous, May 5, 2011 3:45 PM

Kudos to Aish and Micha Smith for taking this piece of propadanga and being able to flip it around while providing some interesting facts and statistics. It's amazing how Israel is being portrayed as a "Goliath" bully against the Palestinians by much of the world press & news. Israel is really the "David", a tiny country with limited resources and under constant threat, and the ONLY democracy in the Middle East. May the truth prevail and G-d protect Eretz Yisrael and the Jews.

(65) Samira, March 19, 2011 1:54 PM


It griefs me to see how many people believe in lies that are told about Israel. I think the video clip you made is so true and beautiful because it is the truth. It makes me happy to see and read text from friends. I support Israel and I thank Gd that I'm not the only person. If there is anything I can do to help let me know.

(64) Kip Gonzales, October 24, 2010 6:59 PM

This is SO excellent!

Fantastic job! Using that format to answer each of the absurd accusations as they come was the best! Many people must see this also on YouTube, or anywhere else it can be shown! Thanks for the good work!

(63) Mayim, October 7, 2009 7:04 PM

I love it

really strait to the point

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